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Law enforcement conducts first of four fake ID stings in Lawrence

Lawrence police performed the first of four planned fake ID stings at local businesses Monday. The stings are part of a two-month effort to reduce underage drinking.

February 23, 2010, 1:04 p.m. Updated February 23, 2010, 3:37 p.m.


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Local law enforcement agencies conducted the first of four planned fake ID stings in Lawrence on Monday night, the same night the Kansas University men’s basketball team played Oklahoma in front of a national TV audience.

Five people were found using fake IDs in 35 different bars, liquor stores and restaurants that were randomly checked, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Bill Cory.

Nine officers from the Lawrence Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Kansas University Public Safety Office and Kansas Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control conducted the ID operation in the city.

This week’s sting is part of a larger information and enforcement campaign, dubbed Fake ID 101, to reduce alcohol access to minors. Three more saturation patrols are scheduled before the end of March, including after spring break, when DCCCA Inc. officials said students sometimes travel abroad, obtain fake IDs and then bring them back with them.

“This whole idea is about deterring young people from using fake IDs,” said Mini Kaur, co-chair of the New Tradition Coalition of Lawrence, a local alcohol- and drug-free advocacy group. “Young people need to know there are consequences for breaking the law, and they also need to know these laws are actually going to be enforced.”

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As part of the campaign, bars, restaurants and liquor stores in Lawrence are placing information at their doors and in their windows regarding the consequences of using counterfeit IDs, organizers said. If someone underage is caught using a fake ID, he or she faces a fine of up to $2,500 and possible jail time.

Jen Brinkerhoff, director of the Regional Prevention Center of East Central Kansas, a program of DCCCA Inc., said 32 people had been caught with fake IDs this year in the city. She said 118 charges were issued last year in Lawrence.


somedude20 8 years, 3 months ago

I would like to know how they did it. Did the coppers just walk down mass demanding that people show them their ids otherwise the cops would tase them?

actr_13 8 years, 3 months ago

If they would just reduce the drinking age, fake ID's would be less of a problem, and we wouldn't have to waste out tax dollars on "Fake ID 101." I mean kids these days can't even enjoy a bowl of K2! Let them at least have a shot or two!

Steve Jacob 8 years, 3 months ago

How many of those "kids" snitched on the makers of those ID's

beawolf 8 years, 3 months ago


Are you as brain dead as most of your posts seem to indicate? The "coppers" simply walked into a place where they serve alcohol and checked ID"s. My 1st grader could have surmised that.

denak 8 years, 3 months ago

Except I'm not sure if they can legally just stop someone and check their ID.

somedude20 8 years, 3 months ago

so cops can just demand to see id's for no other reason than the person looked young? I would not say that I am brain dead but I will say that you are acting like a punk with your remark but that is ok. What scares me is that you are responsible for raising a child. I hope you were kidding!

Vinny1 8 years, 3 months ago

Somedude20 -

I completely agree with you, but don't worry, the cops will do what they please.

They have no right to stop and question people during a dui checkpoint either, but they do. It completely negates "probable cause" laws.

Ceallach 8 years, 3 months ago

After the four fake ID stings are completed, when will the real ID stings begin?

beawolf 8 years, 3 months ago

denak, Yes, they can. In the same manner a bouncer, waitress, bartender, etc. etc. can ask. You are in an establishment that requires proof of ID.

Somedude20, No comment. Your posts speak for themselves.

Blessed4x 8 years, 3 months ago

Ceallach (anonymous) says...

"After the four fake ID stings are completed, when will the real ID stings begin?"

That is exactly how I read the title! Ah, great minds think alike!

gsxr600 8 years, 3 months ago

Did they go to the Hawk? 30%+ are underage.

nobody1793 8 years, 3 months ago

"Local law enforcement agencies conducted the first of four planned fake ID stings in Lawrence on Monday night, the same night the Kansas University men’s basketball team played Oklahoma in front of a national TV audience."

This seems like a really weird pairing of facts...unless...perhaps KUAC is behind the manufacture of fake IDs?

brs14ku 8 years, 3 months ago

They went to Johnny's North. That place was empty as hell and everyone knew why.

Also, nobody would snitch on the makers because most of the time the "makers" are the state. I bet 1/2 the fakes I've seen are legit ID's but for other people instead of the person using it.

jbiegs 8 years, 3 months ago

Does anyone else think this was a waste of time and manpower? Nine officers targeted 35 places and issued 5 citations? Don't they have anything better to do?

brs14ku 8 years, 3 months ago

@jbiegs It's one of those projects that may not result in a lot of revenue but will hopefully have immeasurable benefit in keeping underage drinking out of bars and in dangerous house party situations lol

Brad Maestas 8 years, 3 months ago

Why is it some wisea** has to post something about K2 in every story. Fake herb. Lame story. Move on.

+1 on wondering if they went to the renowned underage bars. Most places on the strip do a good job of self-policing but there are some good fake ID's out there.

Richard Payton 8 years, 3 months ago

jbiegs if one of the five citations kept a drunk young driver from killing you and preventing that person from vehicle homicide would it still be a waste of time and money? Fake Id's allow young people to break the law and the police are inforcing the law. Great work by the officers!

Thinking_Out_Loud 8 years, 3 months ago

vinny1, both checkpoints and ID checks in establishments that sell alcohol have been upheld by courts. The probable cause argument has been made, considered, and determinations made that this activity does not violate probable cause. The threshold for probable cause is pretty low, I think the courts say "substantial chance" or something to that effect. Which doesn't even have to be better than 50/50--just substantial. If you disagree with the Supreme Courts' rulings, it's as simple as lobbying your legislator to make Kansas law more prohibitive of ID checks and checkpoints than Federal law allows. Or to lobby your Congressperson for a Federal law to the same effect.

1029 8 years, 3 months ago

This article is right on about spring break and how "students sometimes travel abroad, obtain fake IDs and then bring them back with them". It's well-known that Mexico is the place to go if you want a really good fake ID because their computer technology is so much more advanced than ours is.

jbiegs 8 years, 3 months ago

RT, sure fake ID's allow underage kids to purchase alcohol, but do you really think they have no other means of obtaining alcohol? Get real, everyone knows how easy it is to get alcohol underage. I appreciate your concern for drunk drivers but you are off point. Taking fake ID's does nothing to address that problem.

Truami 8 years, 3 months ago

"...consequences for breaking the law...." - Mini Kaur Dear Miss Co-chair, consequences for drinking or consequences for lieing are much more important than the law. If you hadn't noticed, a lot of the laws we have in this country are unjust. I believe you should focus on the issues rather than on the law.

Thank you


polly13 8 years, 3 months ago

I wonder if I can get one that says I'm 21

lawthing 8 years, 3 months ago

So let this be a lesson to the twinks, next time stay home and drink the ole' mans ale.

drnater 8 years, 3 months ago

@rtpayton, your point about drunk driving is a moot point. so they stopped an underage driver, that doesnt mean they stopped the of age one that is more likely to kill you since there are more "legal" drinkers who drive than "illegal" drinkers. give me a break, you have a better chance of eating yourself to death than being killed by an underage drunk driver.

krsmln 8 years, 3 months ago

I wonder how many hundreds of legal drinkers had their chains yanked to bust the 5 perps. Probable cause is what ever the police say it is. Glancing at them is considered suspicious behavior.

mr_right_wing 8 years, 3 months ago

Just ask some of the bar and liquor store owners who have been victims of fake i.d.s if they think this is a bad idea...

9070811 8 years, 3 months ago

Let's get real on this. Of underage individuals who go to bars, a small percentage have falsely manufactured IDs. Everyone else has passed down or passed around real IDs.

"After the four fake ID stings are completed, when will the real ID stings begin"

^^ obviously makes the most sense.

Not many underage drinkers go out and look for a someone who can make an ID on a printing press. They're way more expensive then paying your older sister 20$ or paying a friend of a friend 20$.

Now, that being said, not many individuals with false identification go into liquor stores to purchase alcohol. That's pretty stupid, however, some do try and you can see them on display at Cork&Barrel.

5 citations on any given night is a pretty weak number for the amount of underage drinkers at bars.

Liberty275 8 years, 3 months ago

I wonder how much of our money they wasted rooting out 4 teenagers that were drinking teh evil alcohol before the government officially determined they were old enough. Horay for our beloved nannystate and the special interest group (AKA grant-vacum) that thinks they need to shove their noses in other people's business and teach them lessons.

viagra_sailor 8 years, 3 months ago

Those underage types make the lines longer when I'm trying to fetch my booze from the local saloon.

+1 for the cops needing to go to the hawk. i literally see people hand their id's down the line as they enter... how much is the hawk contributing to the city?

flyin_squirrel 8 years, 3 months ago

They went to the Hawk and Wheel but didn't get anybody.

RKLOG 8 years, 3 months ago

KU is always asking for advice on how to curb underage drinking. But I can't imagine jail time and fining college students, for having a fake ID, as anything but a waste of time, money, and probably more mentally damaging than having a few drinks. Drinking problems need to be addressed therapeutically and medically, and with tact, not with threats. And yes the police can be very threatening. Bullying, derogatory terms, and draconian law never gets an intelligent, progressive society anywhere. Keep in mind that I am being polite here.

Stephanie Anderson 8 years, 3 months ago

5 people in 35 establishments. If there are 20 people in each bar, we're not even talking about 1%. How is this worth the tax dollars? Doesn't sound like an out-of-control problem to me.

Jeteras 8 years, 3 months ago

wouldnt there be more revenue in 2 hrs of saturation speed checks on Iowa or 23rd street? Fake ID's are not going to go away.. So what a 20 year old buys some beer goes back to his place and gets drunk. Its been happening for years whats the difference.

With ticket fines today I would think that 3 officers on Iowa for 2 hrs could generate $5000 worth of revenue and maybe catch a few DRUNK non fake ID holders..

missmagoo 8 years, 3 months ago

seems like this would be more appropriate on a friday or saturday night.... not a monday.. ku game or not.

i have to agree with agl.. seems like kind of a waste.

BlackVelvet 8 years, 3 months ago

Don't you folks realize that the cops do these kind of things just so the whiny-butts on here will have something to complain about? That's the only reason they do it!

theWOP16 8 years, 3 months ago

A few years ago my best friend got busted using a fake id 2 weeks after serving his 1st tour in iraq. In my mind this is all a waste of time and money, change the drinking age to 18...if you are old enough to die for your country, you should be able to drink a few worry free beers with friends.

kclee 8 years, 3 months ago

I'm not sure if you were serious, but what they do is have a snitch go in that is underage using a fake ID. If the employee serves them a drink knowing that the ID is fake or without even looking at it, then they get fined.

As for why they are doing thing in a town where most of the money relies on underage drinking... I'm not sure either.

Melissa Sigler 8 years, 3 months ago

gsxr600 (anonymous) says... Did they go to the Hawk? 30%+ are underage.

I'd say more like 40%

and the other 60% are age 35 and up.


Fatty_McButterpants 8 years, 3 months ago

Hate to bring some facts into this interesting discussion, but "probable cause" is not the standard used - or needed - to stop someone as probable cause applies to the arrest of an individual. An officer need only have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been, is being, or is about to be committed, in order to stop and detain someone. And yes, "detention" is distinguishable from "arrest."

KUnlv13 8 years, 3 months ago

For those of you without insight into the glorious world unlocked for a KU youngin' following the acquisition of a fake ID , allow me to share my experience.

As a KU student a group of buddies and I hit Las Vegas with the most atrocious Oklahoma fake DL's; the old laminated one-hologram doozy that even when legitimate appeared questionable. It did not last long, as security was quick to hit the gaming floor and trounce my efforts at dominating the craps pit. Months later, I was no longer interested in the house party scene in the student ghetto, and yearned for the glory that awaited on Mass Street. Alas, word came that there was a fake ID store in Dallas that produced remarkable DL's, and 2 for $50! Away we went.

So many states to choose from, however my inner hillbilly eventually decided upon Arkansas, because, well, who the hell has really seen too many Arkansas ID's? Back to Lawrence I went, and within a few months there I was, on the Wall of Foam at Old Chicago. At 18.

Although a baby-face, I was rarely accosted with the good ole' Arkansas DL in tote, and I did eventually make it back to Las Vegas without problems (except that my Craps lesson ended up being fairly costly)

Interestingly enough, I received word about 3 months after purchasing my fake ID that the store in Dallas was eventually shut down; not for the production of fake ID's for minors but rather for the distribution of fake ID's to illegal immigrants that were subsequently opening fraudulent bank accounts and what-not.

In graduate school, and now a bartender on the LV Strip, I am oddly enough quite the stickler regarding ID's. Not because I give a damn about 'protecting the children', but rather that the fines out here are in the thousands for both the bartender and the venue. Bottoms Up, folks.

Bourbon recommendation of the day: Pappy Van Winkle 18 year

shari4 8 years, 2 months ago

One of the places they went to was Chilis. They only carded three people there, one of which was underage. They did send an undercover cop in first, but they didn't attempt to buy anything using a fake ID. The undercover cop was simply a lookout to see if anyone drinking alcohol appeared to possibly be under 21. If there were, then the other cops would come in and ask said people for their IDs.

My question is, why would they go to Chilis? It's not a huge hangout for underage drinkers. Sounds like they got lucky that night when they went there.

And, if the ID is good enough, the bartender won't get charged with serving alcohol to a minor. As long as they asked for an ID and it was acceptable, then they did their job. They can't get in trouble for doing that.

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